A recent study found patients with advanced peripheral arterial disease who took statins were half as likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes compared with patients not taking statins. Death rates also were cut in half.
Vascular surgeons now use medicated, flexible stents to treat patients with narrowed arteries to the legs. Initial research shows that the stents help lower the risk that treated arteries will become narrow again.
Ask questions and get answers about peripheral artery disease from a Cleveland Clinic physician during a live webchat Thursday, September 6, 2012, at noon (ET).